The Saturday Review: Race Day Tutu


Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon (A night race!) I made this one.

You may or may not know this about me: but I race wearing tutus.

Not in triathlons because that would take too long in transition but in road races where there are no costume changes along the way.


Disney 26.2 in wings and tutus! Not a night race, just super early. Also I bought this one for $1.

Yes I love tutus and knee highs and everything that will allow me to have a grand old time on a long run course.

13.1 miles or longer, you will find me in a tutu.


Rock N Roll San Diego Half Marathon: Team In Training with Team Shrinking Jeans last year! I made this one.

They’re surprisingly easy to run in, too!

They’re cute and sparkly and they’re light and they give you a nice wide buffer between you and the next runners around you. Your tutu requires that people give you space and that’s a nice added effect I didn’t expect when I raced the first time.

Also, you become a pacer for other people! Lots of people wanna keep up with the tutu! After the Disney Wine & Dine, two dudes came up to me and told me I paced them the whole way which was nice! Because I pr’d that race! (And then I promptly ran to the bathroom and for the rest of the night could not partake in the Wine or the Dine aspect of the race. But at least I looked better than I felt!)

The tutu also, ahem, hides things that might be going on under the tutu and if you have to make an unexpected pit stop in some bushes at the Disney Marathon, then it provides an outside barrier between you and the world.

Quite frankly I don’t see why everyone doesn’t run in a tutu! Just kidding. I know they’re not for everyone but I love dressing up, I’m a Halloween person and at my sons’ birthday parties I’m  known to dress the theme. I have no shame.

Now that I’ve reviewed the race day tutu, I’m going to show you how to make the race day tutu. Or a tutu for everyday/whenever. Or a tutu for the little women in your life, either one. First, here’s my Video Tutorial! Yes! A vlog! So enjoy!!

NOW. Do you dream of running in a tutu? YOU DO??!! Guess what? See that purple one in the video that I am in the process of making?

I am giving that one away! For just a comment below! And I will draw the winner from Fitbloggin!

All you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment telling us whether you’d love to run in a tutu (or not).
2. For an extra entry, retweet this giveaway!
3. For an extra entry, follow or subscribe to Shrinking Jeans!
4. Finally, for another extra entry, post this giveaway on Facebook and tag us.

You need to leave a comment below for each entry (although only the first one is mandatory!) Contest closes at Midnight Eastern time Friday morning, I will draw the winner Friday during the day!

Have fun and GOOD LUCK!

  • Carrie9696

    Love it !! I’m planning on doing this for the 26.2 with Donna in Feb 2012

  • Nancy

    If I had a body like yours, I’d run in a tutu, but I don’t run and I have a body like mine.  What I owuld do is wear that tutu to zumba though. 

  • Nancy

    I follow and subscribe to Shrinking Jeans.  Of Course!! 

  • Nancy

    I clicked on the vlog and nothing happened.  I was thinking my grandkids would love these for dress up. 

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      I fixed it.

  • Fit Bee

    Confession: I know how to make a tutu, when my daughter was born I made 3 one for her and my 2 nieces so we could get them pictured together hahahaha
    I have never thought of making myself one in running in it tho. And seeing these pictures does entice me slightly, slightly LOL
    We shall see at Fitbloggin! ;)

  • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

    TUTorial!!! Bahaha! I am cracking up right now.

    You are so cute! I totally have that pillow starring in your vlog, too. :P

    SO EASY! Can’t wait to start making tutus for the world. 

  • Rachel Steffen

    I have never run in a tutu.. but I like the idea of doing something quirky and FUN while running a distance race (13.1 miles or longer).  It kind of makes the distance more fun and worth while – a conversation starter. I actually have been chatting with a few of my running friends that we wantto run in tutus and knee highs… and this would be perfect! :) 

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  • Rachel Steffen

    I follow and subscribe to Shrinking Jeans :) 

  • S Club Mama

    of course I’d run in a tutu!

  • Brooke F

    i would love a tutu for my haunted halloween costume (jay says too much of my butt hangs out of the costume) 

    • Christie O.

      is this a haunted halloween 5k????? LOL  

      • Brooke F

         nope, its a haunted half marathon :)

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  • Brooke F

    posted on facebook :) 

  • Arah Bahn

    I love this post! I got passed (and beat) by a woman wearing a wine-colored tutu, at the finish of a ski race, last weekend. It made my day (that, and the end of the crazy-long race).

  • Scrappy1920

    Wanna run in a tutu. Making 3 for my 1st 5k with my baby girls Saturday (6 yo run/walking; 3 yo riding the stroller). But what’s your suggestion for rocking the tutu & my 4 bottle fuel belt on my long races)?

  • Jodi

    I LOVE this….I am going to make one to run in on my 40th birthday!

  • LisaInNJ

    I’m totally going to do this for the Diva Half Marathon! Thank you. :)

  • Merch Monkey

    Excellent! I saw a van at Ragnar that even had it’s own tutu.

    Not only am I training for my first half (Tinkerbell Half at Disneyland, January) but I will be the ‘arch run angel’ for our annual race, the Bay Area Title 9k, at work. We have wands and wings; making some tutus to go with will be perfect. Thanks for posting – and yes, everyone wants to keep up with a tutu!

  • PandaRanda

    Thanks! I definitely needed this! I would add, however, that when using the spools of tulle, you’ll need more than the 10-12 yards you get on a bolt! I haven’t made mine yet, but from others who have, they needed 100 yards (4 spools of 25 yards) to make the nice full tutu! Have fun running and thanks for the video! It will be VERY helpful!(:

    • Amy Clement Sasser

      I think that since the 25 yard spools are only about 6 inches wide, it’s not the same amount of tulle as if you bought off a bolt at a fabric store because THAT stuff is like 60 inches wide, so you end up with more buying fewer yards from a fabric store.

  • janelle

    awesome tutorial, i loved the video!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  • Angela Lynn Marchetti

    Thank you! I’m running the Wine and Dine as well and am currently making my tutu thanks to your tutorial! I’ll be the gal in the bright neon green top and green/white/lilac tutu!

  • Nani

    Just made one for my 5K tomorrow!!!! Thanks for the post!

  • Shirlie

    This is a fun plan for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in February!

  • Bettina Dubois Muscara

    This is great! I can’t wait to try this..Headed out to the fabric store today! Thanks for the video! I am so a visual person..And SO NOT CRAFTY! I think even I (who can’t draw a stick figure) can do this!

  • KJ

    Thank you so much for this great blog and video! I am not crafty at all but was able to make a very cute TUTU for the Tinkerbell half marathon this past weekend. Thanks so much for your help! :)

  • Sarah

    I just went out to buy the tull I need to make my tutu for the Disney Princess 1/2 next weekend!

  • Karen

    Omg, I so need to win this… Actually, I need two, bc I need one for me & one for my running partner in crime bc I am in charge of outfits!! Lol!! I am so not crafty… Do I dare attempt 2??? Eek!!

  • Bryn

    Most stupid running concept ever…..running to look ‘cute’. Run for running’s sake, not to get noticed or go for photo ops. Stick to color runs and other theme-based events

    • Courtney Elizabeth

      Why do you care so much what another person does? And who are you to judge whats stupid? I don’t understand people like you that post just to ruin someone’s day. If you think it’s stupid, close it and move on. No need to be a jerk.

  • Swalm

    I say”do what ever motivates you to take these challenges, as long as you are not hurting anyone”! So poop on you the last commenter. You probably are sitting on your arse right now in front of your computer allllllllll day and only lift I your leg to pee because you are a dog to say something so mean when someone is trying to better their life and feel good doing it. Go Christi

  • Catherine O.

    Thanks for the tutorial or “tuturial”? I’m making my first tutu for an Easter 5K, then I’ll make one for a 10K coming up. This is my year to have fun running every race.

  • Renee

    My girlfriends and I are doing The Color Run & Run or Dye this coming fall and since it’s for a bridal party this is PERFECT!♥

  • Natalie Wolf

    Thank you! I’m getting ready to make 14 tutus for the Girls on the Run team I coach. I’m cheap, so I’m only using 3 yards/tutu. I figure if you can’t be fast, be cute!

  • Yvette Francino

    Thanks for the TuTuTutorial! My 2013 resolution is to run a race a month in costume and I’ve needed a TuTu! Thanks for making it so clear. :-)

  • Laura

    Thank you! I’m going to do this for the Oddyssey Half Marathon in Philly.

  • Bee

    Thanks for the tutorial. This is what I ended up with. I used about 7 yards of tulle.

  • Bee

    Here is a pix

  • Charity Hughes

    I love seeing the tutu’s! I am totally going to try and make one for the half I am running on the 4th of July! I’m gonning to get all kinds of patriotic with that bad boy and the tutu will be the icing on the cake :)

  • Cristy

    The picture of you in the uber cute purple tutu bothers me. It looks like your arm turns into a leg wearing a shoe. I’m afraid I will have weird dreams about that tonight. :) Love the too too cute tutu idea.

  • Alison R.

    Thanks!! Making 2 for my running momma friend and I for the Alien 13.1 this weekend in Atlanta :) lime green I think!

  • runnila

    Thanks, Christie! Who knew it could b this easy. I plan on making one for me and my 6 yr. old daughter. I’m so excited! Thanks again!

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Thanks! I’ll be making mine for this year’s Wine & Dine – red & silver!

  • Samantha

    Have worn tutu’s in 2 of my 5k’s and a cape one time!! Life is too short to be boring!! Life is better wearing a tutu :)

  • Patti McBride-Yonev

    Just finished my Disneyland Tinkerbell Tutu thanks for the easy to follow info. Will be making one for the Wine and Dine for next November

  • Marna Taylor- Kalp

    Thanks for sharing. My friend and I have been wanting a tutu for our races. I will make us each one for our Diva Dash in April.

  • Starfire

    Thank you so much!! I have always wanted a tutu for running and now you make that dream possible!!! Thank you!!

  • Kerri Harmon

    I’ve already ran one color run and I will be running another in a month or so. I am not a small person, but I’m gonna try a tutu. At least with tutu you won’t see the butt wiggling. hehe For the people who are self conscience (like me), just remember fitness and weight loss has to start somewhere. Tutus will just add more fun to the exercise. :) Loved this article.

  • Tanya Bakenhester

    Just wanted to say thanks for the “How to make a running tutu” I ran the Disney Princess Half on February 23. My tutu turned out great! Your instructions were easy to follow. Have to say if I did it again I would probably not use glitter tulle. It was everywhere and I am still finding it. I also found it irritating when I ran and my brushed against it.

  • allie

    Fantastic. I just finished my Shamrock Run green tutu. It is awesome! Should point out that my cats were quite interested and tried to be extra helpful during the tutu assembly, which added some complexity. I recommend banishing cats to another room while making your tutu.

  • lace

    Thank you for this video! I cant wait to make mine for my 5Ks in May!

  • nancy lynch

    I would love to win the tutu because I have a race on May 18th in memory of a dear friend John U. who passed away this fall from a long battle of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, It would make him laugh from heaven I am sure

    • Sisterhood of the Shrinking Je

      Hi Nancy,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend John. This post was originally published a couple of years ago, and the giveaway is over. I’m sorry. If you watch the video tutorial, you’ll see how easy it is to make your own, and maybe you could do that in time for your race! You could even do it in purple for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma support.


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  • Stephanie McKay

    Wow that’s so cool and easy!! I’m running my first 5K and defiantly wanna wear one!!

  • Polly Crane

    Haven’t yet run with a tutu but we do wear them for warm up before our tennis matches here in the Ft. Myers area! As a seamstress, making tutus by sewing them, was expected so I absolutely adore the “no sew” technique! And you are adorable too! Wish I could run a 1/2 but I have done a 1/4. YEAH!

  • Kayleigh

    Thank you for this! I will be making one for the Disney Princess Half 2015. My VERY FIRST Half race!! AAAHHH!!!

  • Essie McFarlane

    Sweet! TY for posting this, I do a lot of races and have been on the search for another runner how knows how to make them for adult sized fun!

  • Red

    Getting ready for a St. Pat’s run in two weeks and jusr made my first one!
    Instructions were super easy.
    For those on the taller side and/or have a fuller rear, make the tulle strips a bit longer.
    Mine’s a little shorter than Id like but still super cute!

    Can’t wait to sign up for my next run so I can make another ;)

  • Kelly

    There is actually a “Tutu Run” coming up in May where I live! I have not (yet) run in a tutu, but it looks super fun! Thanks for the tutorial…much easier than I expected!

  • Margaret Coleman Mosier

    Love it thanks how would I do this cow look on top